Laura S. Walker State Park

Laura S. Walker State Park
Reservations 800-864-7275
Park 912-287-4900
Golf Course 912-285-6154

New! Site-specific reservations are coming! Beginning August 1st, 2016, you’ll be able to reserve select campsites at Laura S. Walker.

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Located near the northern edge of the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp, this park is home to many fascinating creatures and plants, including alligators and carnivorous pitcher plants. Walking or biking along the lake’s edge and nature trail, visitors may spot the shy gopher tortoise, numerous oak varieties, saw palmettos, yellow shafted flickers, warblers, owls and great blue herons. The park’s lake offers opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating, and kayaks and bicycles are available for rent. The Lakes, a championship 18 hole golf course, features a clubhouse, golf pro and junior/senior rates. Greens are undulating rather than tiered. Each fairway and landing area is defined with gentle, links-style mounds that accent the course’s three large lakes. New Sportsman's Cabins sleep six. The park’s namesake was a Georgia writer, teacher, civic leader and naturalist who loved trees and worked for their preservation.

$5 parking. Annual passes available.
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Park Hours:

7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Office Hours:

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Accommodations & Facilities:

• 626 Acres
• 44 Campsites ($25–$30)
• 6 Sportsman's Cabins (sleeps six, $125, $45/dog, $25 linen rental)
• 7 Picnic Shelters ($35)
• 4 Group Shelters (seat 75–165, $45–$175)
• Group Camp (sleeps 142, $450)
• Pioneer Campground ($35)
• 120-Acre Lake
The Lakes Golf Course & Pro Shop ($31–$38.50)
The Lakes Grille at The Lakes Golf Course
wireless connection Available in the Visitor Center

Activities:

• Golf
• Fishing
• Boating — 10 HP limit except between 9 a.m.–6 p.m. EDT & 11 a.m.–7 p.m. DST
• Kayak Rentals
• First Time Camper Program
• Waterskiing
• Playgrounds
• Lake Swimming
• Geocaching
• Hiking & Biking — 4 miles of trails; wildlife observation boardwalk
• Weddings

Nearby Attractions:

Crooked River State Park
• Dixon Memorial WMA
• Fairground
• Farmers Market
General Coffee State Park
Golden Isles of Georgia
• Historic Downtown Waycross
• Jekyll Island
• Obediah's Okefenok
• Okefenokee Adventures
• Okefenokee Heritage Center
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
• Okefenokee Swamp Park
• Satilla River
• Southern Forest World
• St. Simons Island
Stephen C. Foster State Park
Suwannee River Eco-Lodge
Waycross, GA
• Waycross Motor Speedway

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Events
Story and Craft
Saturdays 4 PM - 5 PM – Jul 23, 2016 until Dec 31, 2016 
On select Saturdays throughout the year enjoy a story with a park ranger then a fun craft. Each week will be a different theme. Please call the park for specific dates for this program.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Natural Knowledge
Wednesdays 10 AM - 12 PM – Jul 27, 2016 until Dec 28, 2016 
On select Wednesdays, learn about the wonders of the natural world around us, making a craft, and taking an interpretive hike with our naturalist. Topics vary each week.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Friends of Laura S. Walker State Park Meeting
3rd Monday of Month 7 PM - 8 PM until Nov 21, 2016 
Thursday, Aug 4, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
Thursday, Sep 1, 2016 7 PM to 8 PM
More Dates...
Come join us at Group Shelter #1 for our monthly meeting. Meet volunteers and friends who care for the park and discuss upcoming events and current park projects. Learn about ways in which you can get involved and volunteer. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Heels And Wheels For Megan's House Triathlon/Duathlon
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 7 AM to 11 AM
Registration begins at 6:00 a.m. Challenge begins at 7:30 a.m. Please visit http://drcsports.com/calendar for more event details and fees or call the DRC Sports Race Management office at 352-637-2475. You may also contact the Easter Seals/Megan's House at 877-541-7325. $5 parking. 877-541-7325.
Get Outdoors Georgia
Beautiful Birds and Butterflies
Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 1 PM to 3 PM
Enjoy a short presentation on some of the winged creatures that call this park home. Children can participate in a craft while the adults can help tidy up the Interpretive Center's bird/butterfly sanctuary.  $1 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Your State Parks Day
Saturday, Sep 24, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Come join us for a day of service at the park. Volunteers will be working on cleaning up around the park's Interpretive Center. This will mostly include cleaning up vegetation, pine cones, and trash around the center. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct 22, 2016 4:30 PM to 9 PM
Children of all ages can play brand new games as well as old favorites to win candy. Bring the whole family because we will also have live music, bingo, hayrides, a haunted hayride, face painting and much more! There will even be some activities for toddlers.  $3 per vehicle. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
The Night Sky
Saturday, Nov 12, 2016 5 PM to 7 PM
Join us for a fascinating evening learning about the night sky. Sculpt your own moon crater and create a map of the solar system, then head outdoors to enjoy the view.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Walk off the Turkey Hike
Saturday, Nov 26, 2016 1 PM to 2 PM
Join a member of park staff as we walk off the turkey and talk turkey on the Big Creek Nature Trail. Meet at the Visitor's Center. Please bring water and wear comfortable shoes. $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Christmas at the Interpretive Center
Saturday, Dec 10, 2016 5 PM to 8 PM
Join the staff at the Interpretive Center for some holiday crafts, a campfire, and some Christmas sweets. All ages are welcome to join in the fun.  $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.
Address/Directions
Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, GA 31503
Ware County


GPS Coordinates:

N 31.143466 | W -082.214533
Located 9 miles southeast of Waycross on Route 177. Take 1-75 to exit 62, follow US 82 east through Waycross. Or, I-95 to exit 36, follow US 82 west 47 miles.


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Laura S. Walker State Park
5653 Laura Walker Road
Waycross, GA 31503 View Details


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Laura S. Walker State Park